Newly sworn in Selectmen Christine Joy shared with the Express some information about her background. She has a history of public service in Plympton, serving on the School Committee for a partial term in the late 1990’s as well as two, three year terms on the Board of Selectmen, from 2000-2006. After a break from town politics, she’s enthusiastically back.
What is your background professionally and personally? How long have you lived in Plympton?
My husband and I moved to Plympton in the winter of 1991. I have a husband and we have two children ages 23 and 21. I have been in sales for many years and am currently working in Plymouth.
You’ve served the Town of Plympton for approximately eight years, including two three year terms as on the Board of Selectmen from 2000-2006, as well as on the School Committee (1998-2006.) What has this experience taught you that you hope to bring to your current term as a Selectperson?
I was fortunate to have served with some extremely knowledgeable, insightful and experienced individuals (some are still serving in elected and appointed positions). Listen; learn; make thoughtful decisions; create a respectful environment for open debate; be appreciative of the efforts of others; and by working together, ordinary people can accomplish extraordinary things.
Why did you leave public service for so many years, and what inspired you to return?
I was burnt out and needed to spend time with my family. When I left office, we did not have a Town Coordinator or an administrative assistant. While I enjoyed serving as selectman, it had become a full time commitment and my family suffered. I have been contemplating returning for the past several years and felt the timing was right to run this year.
What is the most pressing issue that you feel you need to get up to speed on with the Board? Other than Chairman Russo’s vision for the next year, are there any specific issue(s) you plan on championing during your term?
My initial focus, is getting up to speed with our finances. I do not have an agenda, I believe opportunities will become evident as I become more knowledgeable and issues will present themselves through our day to day business.
You’ve been relatively silent during this campaign, I presume as it was uncontested. Do you have anything you’d like to say, now, to the people of Plympton?
Thank you! I truly appreciate you allowing me another opportunity to serve. I enjoy serving as one of your selectmen and will strive to be worthy of the honor you have bestowed upon me.
What would you like to be remembered for in Plympton when your term(s) are over?
I do not think I am remarkable or accomplished enough to be remembered at all.